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Brace of dramatic West Midland rescues in less than a week

A 75ft crane winch of an injured worker at a Costain site in Birmingham, Monday, became the second dramatic West Midlands rescue in less than a week.

Last Thursday, a worker who caught his arm in a cement crusher was airlifted to hospital after being rescued from the Coleman & Company quarry in Meriden.

Yesterday’s incident took place after a cherry picker overturned at Frankley Water Treatment Works. One man, with back and leg injuries, was winched from the site on a stretcher and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. A second man, with a bump on the head, was also taken to hospital.

A West Midlands ambulance spokesman said the awkward site meant the only way to reach the injured man was to have him “lifted over 75 feet into the air from the location and then transported to the waiting ambulance by the crane on site”.

Both workers were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Last week a man had got his arm trapped in a cement crusher while he was carrying out repairs on the machine at the quarry of demolition specialist, Coleman & Company.

A helicopter was dispatched to rescue the man who company bosses say had an operation to insert pins into his broken arm.

He was choppered from the site and brought to Walsgrave Hospital.

“He has broken it in several places, and has had pins put in. They are expecting him to make a full recovery,” said Mark Coleman, Coleman & Company md.

Mr Coleman said he was working with the HSE to figure out why the machine had not been turned off when the injured man went down to repair it.

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